Oct. 14, 2010
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford cross country will head to Terre Haute, Ind., for its most competitive regular season meet of the year on Saturday. The Cardinal will take part in the annual Pre-National Invitational, hosted by Indiana State on the same course where the NCAA Championships will be run.
Due to the excessive amount of teams entered in the meet, both the men's and women's fields will again be split up into two races apiece. The No. 17 Stanford women have drawn the White Race at 8:35 a.m., PST, while the No. 1 men's team will run in the Blue Race at 9:10 a.m., PST. The teams are evenly separated into two races based on rankings in attempt to make both races equally competitive.
The 17th-ranked women will see a field that includes seven other ranked teams, including No. 5 Georgetown, No. 9 Colorado, No. 12 Stony Brook, No. 19 Michigan, No. 23 North Carolina State, No. 26 Minnesota and No. 27 Florida. The women will cover the same 6,000-meter course that will be run at the NCAA Championships.
The No. 1 men drew eight other ranked teams in the Blue Race, including No. 5 Northern Arizona, No. 12 Princeton, No. 15 Florida State, No. 18 Iona, No. 20 Michigan State, No. 26 UCLA, No. 27 William & Mary and No. 30 Florida. In addition, the Cardinal will see Pac-10 rivals, Arizona, California and Washington. The men will run 8,000 meters on a slightly different course than the 10,000-meter NCAA Championships.
Last season, the Cardinal men won the White Race with just 47 points. Chris Derrick took the individual title and Elliott Heath placed third. Derrick's time of 23:27.1 should be a good benchmark of the pace that will be required to win again this season. Jacob Riley also returns and could join Derrick and Heath as a factor up front.
The women ran in the Blue Race last season and finished fifth with 206 points. Alex Gits placed 15th last season and will return this year. Stanford Invitational champion Kathy Kroeger did not compete at Pre-Nationals last season, but should be a contender this season. Alex Dunne, Georgia Griffin and Stephanie Marcy also return after scoring at the meet last season.
In addition to the Pre-National Invitational, some members of the Stanford team will stay in town to run at the Bronco Invitational at Baylands Park in Santa Clara, Calif. The annual meet hosted by Santa Clara is a large meet attended by teams not traveling to Pre-Nationals or like Stanford have runners outside of the top 7 that are looking for racing experience.
This will be the last weekend of regular season racing for Stanford as its next scheduled competition will be the Pac-10 Championships in Seattle on October 30.